Singapore film censors have barred those under 16 years of age from watching "The Da Vinci Code" because they are afraid some children might see it as a factual movie.
Singapore's board of film censors, which includes religious representatives, is under the Media Development Authority (MDA), a regulatory agency that covers traditional media as well as Internet websites.
"The majority of (censors board) members came to the conclusion that the film should be viewed as a thriller and a piece of fiction," a statement from the MDA said.
"Members agreed that the film can be shown, but at a higher rating as only a mature audience will be able to discern and differentiate between fact and fiction," it added.
The imminent release of the film has stirred religious passions worldwide with the Anglican Church in Sydney and Catholic bishops in the United States launching websites and videos refuting claims made in the novel.
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